Jammu records lowest day temperature after heavy rains

Snow rain end dry spell highway closed

The higher reaches of the valley including tourist resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Pir Panjal mountainous range received heavy snowfall which led to closure of the 294-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Jammu and Kashmir is experiencing widespread snowfall and rain with the meteorological (MeT) office forecasting present weather conditions to continue till Thursday due to a western disturbance over the state.

A police official said that the Sonamarg road shall remain closed for vehicular traffic in view of the heavy snowfall, particularly in the avalanche-prone zone between Gagangeer to Sonamarg. "Such passengers are getting stranded at Banihal, thereby causing inconvenience to them, as the highway is presently closed, due to snowfall", he said. "There has been no improvement in the visibility around the airport so far". Other areas of the Valley received snow on the second consecutive day, with people at several places complaining of power cuts. He said two more soldiers went missing after an avalanche hit the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district, adding that continuous snowfall has been hampering the rescue operation, and more than five feet of snow has accumulated since Sunday.

The weather department has forecast light rain and snowfall on Wednesday at isolated places across Jammu and Kashmir, with less likeliness of snowfall in Srinagar city.

Jammu-Srinagar Highway closed due to heavy rain, snowfall, flight operations suspended

Minimum temperatures throughout the state improved on Monday as Srinagar and Jammu recorded 3.1 and 11.6 as the night's lowest temperatures, respectively.

A prolonged dry spell ended yesterday as high altitude areas, including Gulmarg, experienced snow while most of the plains were lashed by rains.

Peer Ki Gali along the Mughal road, connecting Kashmir with the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, is experiencing heavy snowfall since Monday.

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